What’s Best for Travellers- Smartphones, Tablets or Laptops

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Finding the best device to carry with you for your travels isn’t easy. There are many things to consider like the purpose of your travel, the lightweight of each devices so the decision can be a tough one. For this reason, I will show you some of the pros and cons of smartphones, tablets and laptops to make your choice easier. Each device has its advantages and disadvantages so take a look at the comparisons and make your choice. If you wonder what’s best for travellers – smartphones, tablets or laptops, read the following article.

 

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If you don’t plan to work during your travel, the best device you can take with you is your smartphone. They are appropriate when you want to carry a light weight and take only the essential things. Smartphones have many functions and can replace a lot of gadgets like a calculator, music player, torch, map, alarm clock and many other things. You can use the Internet with it in every public restaurant, café or place which has Wi-Fi. There are also many apps, which can offer you translations, navigation, guide books and other things, essential for all travellers.

 

Smartphones have some disadvantages as well. One of them is their short battery life. They usually last a day or two, depending what you use them for and how frequent. Internet usage usually make your battery drop down very quickly. The other disadvantage is the size of the smartphone. Although larger screens are being manufactured constantly, a 5 inch screen isn’t convenient for reading books or watching films. All websites will be viewed with difficulty, except the ones who have mobile-friendly versions. Smartphones can be used for sending messages, updating  Facebook status, but not for other web activities or work.

 

Tablets are being used for a few years now and have the facility of larger screens and better battery life than smartphones. With the coming out of iPad they are very preferred. Their disadvantages are: requiring of space, having bigger weight and being more expensive. With your tablet you can use tools like WhatsApp, Skype and Google Voice. If you have Internet connection, you can make phone calls through them and use the web more easier. Tablets have longer battery life especially when in flight mode. Some tablets have cellular data option, which allow you to insert a SIM card inside and use them as a phone.

 

The disadvantages of tablets include their bigger size, which doesn’t allow you to put them in your pocket and carry them while travelling without a bag. Tablets aren’t appropriate for taking photos. Their advantage of having bigger   screens, compared to the smartphones can be a disadvantage, making them uncomfortable for transportation. They have the same apps and input as the smartphone. Typing and using them for work is difficult and inconvenient to do as it is with smartphones. You can always buy a Bluetooth keyboard and attach it to your tablet – another gadget you need to spend money on and carry around, making it less mobile. With a Bluetooth keyboard you will speed up your typing on the tablet.

 

Laptops are the devices with the most versatility. They allow you access to various internet sites, apps, tools. Their battery life is long enough and the screen is convenient for working, communicating and doing various things. They are perfect for working travellers. Their keyboard and screen is comfortable for using. The disadvantages are their heavy weight, especially their charger. Laptops are also more expensive and fragile. They can be easily damaged, but have a lot of power.

 

Smartphones, tablets and laptops are easy for cleaning – all you need is a special cloth for cleaning screens. If you buy a protector for smartphones’ and tablets’ screens, you won’t need to do the cleaning so often.

 

Depending on your budget, needs and the purpose you will use your device for, laptops, smartphones and tablets has their pros and cons. Evaluate them and make a smart decision what to carry as a traveller, using the information I gave you.

 

 

The article is contributed by SW17 shiny carpets

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